Out of your comfort zone is where the extra marks lie

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained


Being stretched and challenged moves you out of your comfort zone and into an area where GREAT things can happen.  For our students to achieve their best HSC results it is absolutely vital that they get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.  Pushing their own boundaries can help our students find smarter ways to study, be more productive and focused, have an easier time coping with unexpected changes, cultivate self discipline and over time feel more comfortable challenging themselves.  All of which creates the perfect recipe for a great HSC result.


“Nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished with a guarantee of success.”

John F. Kennedy

Being in your comfort zone is an efficient way for your brain to function ongoing as it takes a lot less mental energy. However for our students working towards their HSC it is necessary that they take risks from time to time in their work and their thinking in order to achieve far more than they think they are capable of. However for some students the fear of failure and judgement from others can be can be near paralysing and can result in poor or under performance.


Do any of these types of students sound familiar?


The ‘Avoiding’ Student 

Students who are performing quite well and look busy enough to have parents and teachers keep off their backs.  They avoid pushing themselves to a higher level of work and study. If they were to take some risks and put themselves out there they could achieve EXCELLENT results.


The ‘Unmotivated’ Student

Students who either lack interest or motivation can sometimes be hiding behind the fear of getting out of their comfort zone and feeling uncertain.


The ‘Unparticipating Student’

These students avoid participating in study or homework or submitting work.  They feel like they can’t be judged if they don’t participate and know one will know the real truth about their progress, including the student.


The ‘Comfortable Student’

These students like feeling comfortable and don’t like being stretched or challenged or trying new things.  They will often only do the minimum required and don’t like the slightly anxious feeling of going out of their comfort zone.



At HSC CoWorks our coaches continually stretch and challenge our students. We actively encourage submissions of work either in part or fully completed to our markers.  Having this type of ongoing, quick and specific feedback is one of the most successful tools our students can use in order to push themselves out of their comfort zone towards a great result.


Tips for Parents

1. Share your own personal experiences around taking risks and the value it provides.

2. Have empathy for how your child is feeling.

3. Encourage your child to get feedback on their work in order to perform better – submitting work and acting on the feedback = great results.

4. Allow your child to fail and be there to support them – don’t rob them of these experiences that create resilience and personal growth.


Tips for Students

1. Take small steps at first.  Doing a task that makes you feel a little anxious is a great start.

2. Submit work as at least 1-2 times a week for feedback.

3. Have a positive mindset:  I’m going to…. ‘regularly submit my work for marking’ / ‘commit to performing high level thinking tasks’… because it will push me to work at a higher level and that will achieve the best results for my HSC.

4. Acknowledge your fear and be driven by what you want to succeed in rather than what scares you.

5. Ask yourself “what’s the cost of inaction?”






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Getting all philosophical about the HSC

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Watching the amazing new series “Cosmos” on National Geographic Channel it has got me thinking about how short our time on earth really is. In the context of our HSC Coaching business I started thinking about a way to share with our students how the next 180 days, while a challenge, is such a tiny percentage of our lives yet it can have a huge impact on the remaining days.

So here are some facts for our students that put the second half (180 days) of HSC 2014 into perspective:

1) You started school 4560 days ago. The final 180 days of your schooling career equates to 3.9% of this time.

2) If you live until the age of 80 you have 22,600 days left on planet earth. The next 180 days is 0.79% of this time.

3) The next 180 days represents 2.7% of your life so far (18 years)

4) The next 180 days represents 0.61% of your total time on earth(assuming you live to 80).

The HSC itself is important but what is more important is who you become as a person when you conquer these next 180 days.

The HSC Coaching team here at HSC CoWorks in Mosman and Bondi are here to support you achieve your very best so when the results come out in December you will look back at these next 180 days proud of what you did.


At HSC CoWorks we know that achieving a great HSC result is something that every student across NSW wants to do. The key to doing well is having a clear vision of what a great result means to each individual student. With a clear vision students are able to overcome the inevitable obstacles and stay on track. If the vision is clear, the motivation will be there and the obstacles will be overcome.

Our Sydney HSC Coaching service supports students to get clarity for their own vision and through ongoing mentoring and coaching we work towards ensuring that this vision firmly stays front of mind. When problems surface it’s time to revisit the vision.

Jesse Gardiner

Business Manager and Performance Coach

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